The Caribbean Literature Day 2021, the second to happen, is set to be hosted on Monday, July 12, 2021.
At the end of St. Martin Book Fair 2020, the House of Nehesi Publishers announced the new Caribbean Literature Day to be hosted on July 12, 2020. The chosen day was a throwback to when Spanish Franciscan priest and bishop of Yucatán, Diego de Landa, with soldiers and colonial authorities in attendance, ordered the burning of sacred Mayan texts containing knowledge spanning millennia in 1562. The plan was to celebrate the day by reading work by Caribbean authors; buying Caribbean books, published in the Caribbean and beyond, and by Caribbean authors; and presenting Caribbean books as gifts.
For that first edition, the Faculty of Humanities and Education and the Writer’s Hub of the University of the West Indies (UWI) – Cave Hill, and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies Regional Coordinating Office at UWI’s Jamaica campus, organized Zoom conferences of Caribbean authors discussing and reading their work to digital world publics.
The second edition of Caribbean Literature Day returns on Monday, July 12 with activities across that part of the world. Universities, lit fests, and book clubs in Jamaica, Trinidad, and St. Martin have already announced on social media activities to make the day.
In Trinidad and Tobago for instance, the Bocas Lit Fest will mark the day with a series of online events including the latest instalments of the popular Stand and Deliver virtual open mic, where writers at all levels can share their work; the premiere of a new Pavement Poets video, featuring talented young spoken word performers; and a special edition of the interactive BYOBB (Bring Your Own Book and Bottle) series, where readers can join in a wide-ranging and informal conversation via Zoom. For more information on times for those activities, please click here.